The steamer Vesteraalen was laid down at Akers Mekaniske Verksted in Oslo, and was launched in 1891. She did service as a coastal express for approximately ten years, but was taken out of that duty with the entrance of new ships in the early 1900s. She was rebuilt in 1914 and her tonnage slightly increased from 613 to 683 gross tons. After the German occupation of Norway in April 1940 she sailed for the Norwegian home fleet. After the loss of Richard With in September 1941, she was put in service again as a coastal express between Tromsø and Hammerfest.She was torpedoed 17.October 1941 outside Nusvåg, most likely by a Soviet submarine. She went down in the deep in less than a minute after the torpedo hit her, and 54 people lost their lives. According to rumors from divers the wreck rest on a depth of approx 60 meter right outside Nusvåg.

Former names:

165,8 x 27,1 x ? f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
682 grt
Oslo ( N ) 1891 Bremen ( N )

Picture: Vesteraalen
Norwegian Maritime Museum